Ulcerative colitis is one of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. It affects the colon and the rectum, causing sores (ulcers) throughout the large intestine. Researchers still aren’t sure exactly what causes the condition, but one thing is for sure—if you suffer from ulcerative colitis you want an effective treatment. Instead of looking for a pharmaceutical prescription, follow the steps below for a natural, effective approach to healing your ulcerative colitis.
Change Your Diet
Cut Out All Refined Carbs. Refined carbs are refined sugars, and these only exacerbate inflammation. Sugar disrupts the pH level of the bowel as well as the balance of bacterial flora in the gut. Sugar also feeds certain types of bad bacteria, such as Candida, which will make your colitis worse.
Identify Your Allergens. If you are constantly bombarding your body with allergens, this will make the inflammation and irritation in your body even worse. To be able to pinpoint which, if any, foods are triggering or exacerbating your ulcerative colitis, it may be wise to scale back to a liquid diet, or a diet of only a few unprocessed basics. Slowly add other food groups to your diet, being especially aware of how your body reacts to corn, wheat, and milk products, which are some of the most common culprits for irritation and allergic reactions.
Get More Fiber. Eating more fiber-rich foods will not only help you maintain a healthier weight and eat less food overall, but it will also help reduce the symptoms of your ulcerative colitis. Complex high-fiber carbohydrates are devoid of the harmful simple sugars found in refined carbs, so you should be sure to swap in these healthier options.
Bolster Your Nutrition. Because ulcerative colitis often results in diarrhea and poor absorption of nutrients, you will need to supplement your diet with key vitamins and minerals. A high-dosage multi-vitamin will help rectify this situation and make up for the loss of nutrients.
Utilize Omega-3 Oils. Omega-3 oils will provide your body with needed nutrients as well as reduce inflammation in the bowel. Fish and flaxseed oil are both excellent options; 1-2 tablespoons of your omega-3 oil of choice is recommended.
Add Some Protein. Especially if you have been dealing with ulcerative colitis for a long time, adding some protein to your diet can make a big impact. Consuming a pre-digested protein powder will correct amino acid deficiency, a common problem resulting from ulcerative colitis. Typical dosage is about 15 grams three times per day.
Liquids to Accelerate the Healing. Not just any liquids, mind you, but two very specific liquids will help expedite the healing process: aloe vera and chlorophyll. It’s important not to use aloe juice, but real, pure aloe vera gel liquid. Both of these items can be purchased at most health food stores. Drink a combination of 2 ounces aloe vera with 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll on an empty stomach 6-8 times per day.
Restore the Balance in Your Colon
Although these dietary changes are often enough to heal your ulcerative colitis in a few days, there are additional treatments you can utilize to obtain a balanced colon. A colon cleanse will help improve intestinal health, reduce diarrhea, constipation, and inflammation.
Have More Bacteria
The good kind of bacteria, that is. While many of the other ulcerative colitis treatments target the symptoms, very few seek to actually prevent flare-ups of the disease. By improving the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut, you can do just that. To do this, you can incorporate a diet rich in probiotics, but considering the dietary changes that were recommended above, an enema is likely the best option.
Make an enema solution by combining 2 liters of lukewarm filtered water, 4 Tbsp. of room-temperature plain probiotic yogurt, or 1 tsp. powdered acidophilus. Perform an enema with half of the solution; retain it as long as possible, then release. Repeat again with the other half of the solution. You will normally experience relief of your ulcerative colitis after the first treatment, but this enema can be repeated 1-2 more times in the next month for additional relief.
Eat More Pineapples
Pineapple contains high amounts of bromelain, which is a strong proteolytic enzyme that also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Try opting for some fresh pineapples instead of the canned stuff to avoid added sugar additives.
Eat More Honey
Honey is great for many things, and healing inflammation in the bowels is one of those many uses. Manuka honey was shown to offer the most benefits, but raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey is the most affordable option for most people. A teaspoon every day should be enough to do the trick and reduce your ulcerative colitis symptoms.
Check Your Water
You should only be drinking pure distilled water. Most public sources of water still contain and other harmful chemicals, which can aggravate ulcerative colitis and increase inflammation.
If you suffer from ulcerative colitis, you obviously want to keep the disease under control as much as possible. Before you ask your doc for a pharmaceutical answer (which will likely come with a handful of negative side effects) try this natural approach first. You’ll find that you can treat your ulcerative colitis effectively without causing any damage to other parts of your body.